As we come toward the end of the year, the Christian Life theme starts to hit its main focus. This focus starts with March’s theme, “you are a child of God.” Once a person devotes themselves to Christ, they become a Citizen of Heaven and being a Citizen of Heaven also means you are a child of God.
The verses for the month are John 1:12-13 and Romans 8:14-16. John 1:12-13 reads “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” Romans 8:14-16 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
These verses state that believers are truly children of God. When asked about what he likes about this month’s theme Greg Lisson said, “The idea of the God of creation allowing himself to be called daddy, is a really cool image. There are a number of instances in scripture where it tells Christians to have a child like faith. Having God be daddy allows us to just be children.” This concept is a relief to Christians because we know that even when we make mistakes we have a father who loves us and will take care of us.
When asked how this theme gives hope to high schoolers Lisson said “Ideally parents love their children because they are their children. A young child can’t earn money or provide for itself, the baby doesn’t do anything but demand more inconvenience to parents, but the love of the parent to their child is unconditional.”
This idea provides hope that even though we may see ourselves as a burden, God never views us that way. He always sees us as his son or daughter and loves us no matter what we do.
When asked how the theme inspired his chapel talk, Senior Carter Gravitt said, “A lot of prayer went into it. When I thought of what I always wanted to be to my parents, it was enough. I found my “enough” in my theater family, and I thought it would be a relatable to share with everyone.” Gravitt helped us realize that, as Christians, we are never going to be enough except through Jesus.